Well I would like to insert some more common sense into the diet dilemma that most people face from the first day they decide to put down the spoon. Again without getting too scientific about physiology and psychology one of the things that have probably gotten the average person into a situation where they have to diet is their ravenous nature. I am not saying this to insult anyone; I am just trying to form some basis to which we can relate to each other. I have been where you are if you are having a hard time being full, but I have figured out (like most of you have) that it is psychological.
You may find this hard to believe (yeah right) that most people who have an eating disorder do it for a myriad of reasons that aren’t related to food. Go figure? We eat when we are bored, we eat when we are sad, and we eat because we feel like it will solve one of these problems or God knows how many others. Yes that would include me as well. Of course I have learned to sit down and write things to avoid eating, but I can’t just formulate the Encyclopedia Britanicrow because I am trying to diet. Well perhaps I could, but let’s try a few of the other solutions first.
If you haven’t watched any movies about ballet dancers you probably haven’t noticed that a large majority of them smoke like chimneys. Yep, this is the easiest way they have figured out to not eat. As a reformed smoker I am not suggesting this, but I am showing that it is innate in even the skinniest among us to need something to take your mind off food. When you are dieting you have probably already gained the moral advantage to eat less, but your brain is still going to be out to get you. This is where my problem stems from as the minute I allow my stomach to be satiated, my brain immediately goes in for the kill, thus the term “ravenous nature.”
Think of it this way. You have realized that one of the best things to do if you want to “feel” full while taking in as little calories as possible is to make big salads that are heavy on the greens and light on the extras. An entire head of lettuce is basically NO calories, and like anything else it takes up space in your belly. If you don’t go mental on the croutons, the ranch dressing, cheese and all of the other things that fatten that salad up it is moderately “guilt free” correct? Yes, but it does something else if your mind is out to get you like mine is, it opens the floodgates of denial and ravenous behavior. Your mind tells you, that you are still hungry, you’ve eaten right, and 6 lbs of fudge is an ok idea at this point.
Now the torture begins as you sit there and you fight the mental battle over whether or not you are going to continue to eat. If you are still sitting there and having that battle in your head you are going to lose. The old saying that if you sit in the barber’s chair long enough you are going to wind up with a haircut, comes into play here. GET UP! It’s time to do what healthy people do, and for a very good reason that you will learn at the end of this experiment. If you finish your food, and get up for a 10 minute walk, like almost ALL animals do except humans (because we are too smart for that) by the time you are finished with it; you won’t be hungry anymore. Your brain will also be turned off, and you can go about your day. Just give it a try, before you start with the excuses.